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A Commentary to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
Of all major philosophical works, The Critique of Pure Reason is one of the most rewarding, yet one of the most difficult. Norman Kemp Smith's Commentary elucidates not only textural questions & minor issues, but also the central problems which arise, he contends, from the conflicting tendencies of Kant's own thinking. This Commentary by Kant's foremost translator into ...more
Paperback, 682 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Nabu Press
(first published 1918)
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Nov 22, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of Kant
Recommended to Erik by: The edition of the First Critique I read
Kant is the most pellucid philosopher I have ever read, the only one who not only attempted to construct a comprehensive explanation of everything (Hegel did that as well, certainly), but managed to do so without relying on undefined or fuzzy concepts. Every operant concept employed by Kant is well and clearly defined--partly a consequence of his intellectual rigor, partly of the fact that he virtually had to invent a philosophical German as he went along. Because of this and because of the impo ...more
Abandoned about 150 pages in. I used it as an accompaniment to my first reading of the CPR, and I would personally recommend against using it for that purpose. While some parts were definitely helpful (such as the section providing historical/philosophical context), there is a lot of cross-referencing and extensive problematisation, which, legitimate or not, tends to leave one hanging on the details. Moreover, it is difficult to assess the plausibility of Smith's interpretations without having a ...more